Sunday, 12 April 2015

Lost River

A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

Lost River marks the directorial and writing debut of Ryan Gosling and stars Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Ben Mendelsohn. This is one of the weirdest film I've ever experienced in my life. It's introduced as a Fantasy but some aspect of this film such as the setting: this fictional Detroit feels so real. This movie doesn't make any sens; for the most part it is not cohesive, the narrative structure is flawed and broken but the images, the cinematography and the score are all great and thoughts provoking. In fact, a lot of shots in Lost River are pure ART. You can also tell that Ryan Gosling takes some elements from people he's worked with before. There's definitely some Nicolas Winding Refn and Dereck Cianfrance in that movie. Mostly people are going to be divided: some may say that it is an horrible film, some others that it is a masterpiece. It's audacious, violent and different, very different. Indeed, there's a scene where an animal is tortured for no particular reason, I couldn't stand that scene, I don't want to see that, I felt that this scene was really unnecessary. Finally Lost River as a whole doesn't work at all in my opinion, you take a very good artist, with great ideas and throw them all together into one movie but here it doesn't mash. 

Overall Ryan Gosling didn't do the conventional safe thing and went for style over substance.

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